State looking to require tourniquets

Tourniquet rules

ALBERT LEA, Minn. — It is a technique used to stop blood flow on a limb and now instead of using a belt or other device to do it, manufactured tourniquets are available, but not required in some hospitals yet.

The State Trauma Advisory Council in Minnesota is looking to add those devices to a list of required items in trauma hospitals.

Experts say the manufactured devices have gained popularity through the military.

“We’ve used blood pressure cuffs. A lot of times having surgeons and physicians here, they’ll a lot of times do procedures that’ll stop the bleeding without a mechanical device to do that, but for non-trained people to apply, this has been a great device,” said Brad Niebuhr, Emergency Services Director for the Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea and Austin.

He said they are more likely to be used as a pre-hospital tool by Emergency Medical Technicians than in an operating room.

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